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16th Jul 2015

Former Coronation Street Writer Criticises Show

"When I used to watch Coronation Street, it was fantastic."

One of the former writers for Coronation Street has criticised the show, claiming that it isn’t as good as it used to be.

Kay Mellor, who worked on scripts for the soap back in the 80s, made the comments during a masterclass at the Haymarket Theatre in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Leading TV writer Kay Mellor wears her OBE at Buckingham Palace following the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 16, 2010 in London, England. Mellor, who was behind hit series such as Band Of Gold and Fat Friends, received her award from the Prince of Wales. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Kay Mellor has criticised Coronation Street.

She said: “I just felt that the writing wasn’t as good as it used to be.

“When I used to watch Coronation Street, it was fantastic. They were just brilliant and I don’t think there is the craft there that there used to be.”

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She commented on scenes which aired this week (image: ITV).

Kay also touched on Deirdre Barlow’s funeral scenes, which aired this week: “I did feel as if it was a missed opportunity.

“I did feel they were trying to crank up an emotion and it was a false emotion… there should have been something more and I just felt as if it was engineered. It felt false somehow.”